Issue by Issue – Marvel Two-In-One #41

Writer – Roger Slifer, David Kraft
Artist – Ron Wilson
Inker – Pablo Marcos
Colours – Francoise Mouly
Letters – Joe Rosen

After meeting up with the Black Panther and investigating the disappearances of some prominent African-American men, the Black Panther himself was abducted and it would definitely throw a wrench into the proceedings. It is a good thing then that another party is interested in the missing people and it is none other than Brother Voodoo, who then has to convince Ben that he is on the same side as the man-monster. Suffice it to say, things get worked out before it comes to blows and The Thing is at first a little dubious as to what Brother Voodoo can do, but it is not long before his powers are proven true. Helming this issue is David Kraft and Roger Slifer, ably assisted by Ron Wilson and Pablo Marcos and they illustrate the issue perfectly, melding action and horror into a truly beautiful tableau. Kraft sends the heroes to Uganda where it is learned that a couple of men who are dissatisfied with their lot in life and that of the local government official have decided to team up in order to pool their powers for their gain. It also leads to the reason as to why the ten individuals were kidnapped and how their souls/life forces/intelligence would then be added to the villain’s own. Of course, Brother Voodoo and Ben are not going to let that happen and so a battle between good and evil breaks out, a short but sweet little fight for it is not long before Brother Voodoo has surmised just how to beat the men before things get out of hand. Overall this was a good issue and it ends with everyone being freed including the Black Panther with the two responsible being taken care of. While most issues in this series are both intriguing and packed with action, the choice of villains for this storyline were not as compelling as others. It was nice to see something other than the super-villain of the week so to speak, but the motivations for the bad guys and their origins were a little weak and could have been strengthened a bit more, especially as they never really got their revenge or even a real taste of it. Kraft and Slifer did a great job in the telling of the tale and it would not leave one dissatisfied, but a little more characterisation for the two men who went and caused all this trouble might have worked a little more in favour of the book.

3.5 out of 5

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